I read with sadness of the passing of Ben Hooks. The Rev. Dr. Hooks was not only a longtime local religious leader, he was executive director of the NAACP for 15 years. I had the pleasure of speaking to him several times when I worked at Channel 3, and I was always impressed by his intelligence, manner and bearing. I also ran into Dr. Hooks and his wife Frances at the Piccadilly Restaurant near Poplar and Highland.
It was always amazing to me that for years, he was not only the main pastor of Greater Middle Baptist here, but was the main pastor of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist in Detroit, while running the NAACP. That’s a lot of work, and doesn’t take in his work as a judge and a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission. If anything, I think the thing that I always liked was the lack of controversy surrounding Dr. Hooks. In a time where it seems like our local leaders court trouble at every turn, here was a man who worked for the betterment of everyone.
We’ll miss you Dr. Hooks.